Project Management

3 Flavors of Daily Meetings

Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can't imagine a better job to have. He is interested in all things agile, or anything new to learn.

One of the ceremonies that most agile teams adhere to is some form of daily meeting. It can be called the “daily scrum” or “morning meeting” or something similar, but it’s usually…

  • Near the start of the day
  • Happens most days (if not every day)
  • Is a way for the team to sync on
    • what is going on
    • what’s in progress
    • if anyone needs any help

This kind of meeting isn’t unique to agile, or even to project management; restaurants and food services do it, so does the healthcare industry, auto mechanics and hundreds of other industries. The idea of getting team members all on the same page, and knowing what they should be working on for the day, is a vital aspect of team management.

One of the problems that teams face with this meeting is getting full engagement. People tend to not like giving status updates (or listening to each other’s status updates), and can struggle to pay attention throughout the entire discussion, even if it’s only 10 or 15 minutes.

Sometimes people will be too focused on what they are going to say when their turn comes, or worried what their boss or manager is going to think, to really listen to what is going on with the team. They are supposed to be looking for opportunities to help, answer questions, or see if there’s another way to assist their co-workers …


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